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New Touring Venues Across The UK

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Hull Venue

Located just a short trip from our East Yorkshire offices, this stunning new venue is located in Hull city centre and is currently under construction. The venue will have up to 3,500 seats and hopes to attract large corporate conferences, exhibitions and trade tours as well as major touring concerts.

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LiVe

A brand new live music venue has opened in Preston City Centre. LiVe is a 500 capacity space located inside the recently refurbished foyer. A statement from LiVe said: “We are aiming for a multi-genre venue and one which encourages local artists, musicians and bands to be able to showcase their talent.”

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Printworks

This new 5,000 capacity live music venue is due to open in London this January. Already several events are planned to take place such as: Mini Jazz Season, A Classical Music Programme, Makers’ Markets, Vintage Fairs, Food Festivals and Cartel, a new car show concept to hit London next autumn. It’s a space that crosses so many boundaries, Printworks London will host an eclectic mix of entertainment, from the best underground electronic music to immersive theatre experiences. Printworks is expected to be one of the most successful sought-after venues in London.

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Spiritland

Spiritland is a quirky live music venue that recently opened in Granary Square, London. The venue focuses on high-end audio, featuring a sound system custom designed by Living Voice. The venue hosts performances spanning a diverse range of genres, anything from Parliament-Funkadelic to Judee Sill to Talk Talk to Donald Fagen.

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Steel Yard

‘Steel Yard’ is 10,000 capacity super structure that travels from city to city to hold large music events. The 20M high structure first launched this year at Creamfields Festival and has proved to be hugely popular. It recently hosted a sell-out event at Liverpool’s Central Docks and will be erected for two shows in London in 2017. Expect to see ‘Steel Yard’ hosting more events in 2017 and beyond.

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Edinburgh Concert Hall

Scotland’s very own National Orchestra is to build Edinburgh’s concert hall for £45m. They have created a proposal to create a “new world- class arts centre”. The new concert hall is also expected to host festivals. The building will have a 1000 capacity auditorium as well as a studio room for rehearsals and recordings.

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Check out our brand new Single Decker bus

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New year and a brand new tour bus for us, and we are delighted to introduce it to you! We have some exclusive sneak peak pictures for you to check out below, enjoy!

For more on our Double Decker tour buses, head over to: http://www.mmbandservices.co.uk/sleeper-coaches/single-decker/

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All New Layouts

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Finished to exacting, luxury standards by our experienced in house team of craftsmen, our single decker tour buses are perfect for smaller UK and European tours.

New to MM Band Services, the comfortable, modern interiors come generously equipped with the latest entertainment systems, including HD TV, UK Satellite, hard drive movie entertainment, games consoles and surround sound.

Below are both options available in our latest designs:

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Option 2:

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Top 10 Halloween Songs of All Time

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Here are our Top 10 Halloween songs with just over a week to go!

1. Thriller – Michael Jackson

The most-downloaded Halloween-themed hit of all-time! Michael Jackson’s legendary spooky hit, with one of the most spectacular and iconic music videos ever produced, is a must at any Halloween party this weekend.

2. The Monster Mash – Bobby “Borris” Pickett

He did what? That’s right, he did the Monster Mash, and having Bobby “Borris” Pickett’s massive Halloween hit on your playlist this weekend will almost certainly go down as a graveyard smash.

3. Time Warp – Rocky Horror Show

For many fans, the song “The Time Warp” and its dance is the climactic moment of the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show even though it occurs early in the movie. Guaranteed to raise some pretty weird dancing that is scary in all the wrong ways, let’s do the time warp again this weekend.

4. Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr

Everyone knows who to call this Halloween, but there’s no harm in reminding them that when the night gets spooky, the Ghostbusters are the ones to call. They ain’t afraid of no ghosts.

5. Donovan – Season of the Witch

British singer Donovan wrote and recorded “Season of the Witch” for his third album Sunshine Superman. A popular Halloween song featured in spooky films such as Johnny Depp’s ‘Dark Shadows’, Donovan’s eerily spectacular track is sure to get the blood pumping this Halloween.

6.Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put A Spell On You

If you’re attending a Halloween party this weekend then their will almost certainly be some woman dressed as a witch singing this song at people whilst doing weird things with their hands. It’s inevitable. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins lives up to his reputation with some spectacular vocals to raise the hairs on the back of your necks.

7. Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell

Rockwell were generally unknown before this massive hit propelled them to #2 in the US pop charts. Unfortunately they turned out to be a one hit wonder but this creepy dance hit will almost certainly have somebody watching you if you decide to bust some shapes to it. Oh, and Michael Jackson sings the infectious chorus, cool or what.

8. A Nightmare on My Street – DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince

Inspired by iconic Halloween movie ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ this song brings together Fresh Prince of Bel-Air duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith. Enough said, what more could you possibly want.

9. Tubular Bells Part 1 – Mike Oldfield

No words can describe how creepy this cult classic is. No literally, the song has no words, just eerie tubular bells. The theme for the legendary Exorcist, widely considered to be the scariest film of all time, no words are needed to send shivers up the spines of even the hardest of men.

10. Pet Semetary – Ramones

The Ramones wrote and recorded “Pet Sematary” for the movie of the same name based on the Stephen King novel. It became one of the biggest hit singles by the punk legends reaching the top 5 on the modern rock chart.

 

Let us know what your favourites are and have a great Halloween!

Top 5 artists to watch out for in 2015

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5. Prides

The Scottish outfit were formed in 2013 in Glasgow, they wasted no time and by February 2014 had released their first EP, while also performing at the Commonwealth Games that same year.

4. Slave

The group formed in California turned heads in the UK in late 2014 when performing on Later…with Jools Holland having already began forming a fan base in America. They are currently in the process of writing their second studio album to follow up their debut album “Through Art We Are All Equals”.

3. Circa Waves

After releasing their first EP in 2014 the Indie British band went on to support The Libertines, while also appearing at T in the Park, Glastonbury, and Reading and Leeds festival. The band then announced they were going to release their debut album in March 2015 “Young Chasers”.

2. Wolf Alice

The four-piece band formed in 2010, they self released an EP that same year. After recruiting 2 new members in 2012 they released the song “Leaving You” online as a free download, the song was played on BBC Radio 1 and featured in NME. They then went on to release their first official EP “Blush”. In December 2014 they were named “Best Breakthrough Artist” at the UK Festival Awards.

1. James Bay

The British singer songwriter has released 3 EPs since 2013, his second debuted in the top 10 iTunes album charts. His second single released on 21st November, “Hold Back the River” went to 18th in the official UK charts. James is due to release his debut album “Chaos and the Calm” in March 2015, meaning it could be a huge year for him.

The Top 10 Highest Grossing Tours of all time

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10. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball Tour, 2012-13

The Wrecking Ball World Tour was a concert tour by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to promote Springsteen’s seventeenth studio album, Wrecking Ball. The world-wide tour in support of the album, which ended in September 2013, reached 26 countries, the most ever for one of Springsteen’s tours. The tour grossed $314 million.

9. The Rolling Stones – Voodoo Lounge Tour, 1994-95

The Voodoo Lounge Tour was a worldwide concert tour by The Rolling Stones to promote their 1994 album Voodoo Lounge. This was their first tour without bassist Bill Wyman, who was replaced, though not officially, by Darryl Jones. The tour grossed $320 million, becoming the highest grossing tour of any artist at that time.

8. The Rolling Stones – Bridges to Babylon, 1997-99

The Bridges to Babylon Tour was the largest Rolling Stones tour at the time, exceeding the sales of their record-breaking 1994–1995 Voodoo Lounge Tour. It was believed 4,577,000 people attended the tour over the 108 shows: 2,020,000 in Europe, 2,009,000 in North America, 348,000 in Argentina and Brazil, and 200,000 in Japan. Bridges to Babylon Tour grossed $339 million.

7. The Police – The Police Reunion Tour, 2007-08

The Police Reunion Tour was a 2007–2008 worldwide concert tour by The Police, marking the 30th anniversary of their beginnings. The tour began in May 2007 to overwhelmingly positive reviews from fans and critics alike. At its conclusion, the tour grossed $358 million.

6. U2 – Vertigo Tour, 2005-06

The Vertigo Tour was a worldwide concert tour by the Irish rock band U2. Launched in support of the group’s 2004 album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, the tour visited arenas and stadiums from 2005 through 2006. By the time it finished, the Vertigo Tour had sold 4,619,021 tickets, with 131 shows, for a total gross of $389 million.

5. Celine Dion. – A New Day…, 2003-07

A New Day… premiered on March 25, 2003, ending on December 15, 2007, after a 5 year run of more than 700 shows and 3 million spectators. It reached one of the highest concert grosses in music history, grossing over $400 million in its entire run.

4. Madonna – Sticky and Sweet Tour, 2008-2009

The Sticky & Sweet Tour was the eighth concert tour by American singer Madonna to promote her eleventh studio album, Hard Candy. It began in August 2008 and was Madonna’s first tour from her new recording and business deal with Live Nation. The tour grossed a huge $408 million.

3. AC/DC – Black Ice World Tour, 2008-10

Black Ice World Tour was a 2008-2010 concert tour by Australian rock band AC/DC in support of the group’s 15th studio album, Black Ice. The tour ended up being the most successful by AC/DC, grossing $441 million.

2. The Rolling Stones – A Bigger Bang Tour, 2005-07

A Bigger Bang was a worldwide concert tour by The Rolling Stones which took place between August 2005 and August 2007, in support of their album A Bigger Bang. It has become the second highest grossing tour of all time with $558 million earned.

1. U2 – U2 360 Tour, 2009-11

The U2 360° Tour was a worldwide concert tour by U2. Launched in support of the group’s 2009 album No Line on the Horizon, the tour visited stadiums from 2009 through 2011. By its conclusion, U2 360° had set records for the highest-attended tour with over 7.2 million tickets sold and for the highest-grossing concert tour with $736 million in ticket sales.

The 10 Biggest Music Festivals in the World

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10. EXIT (NOVI SAD, SERBIA)

Exit is an award winning festival, held in Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia. The festival was founded in 2000 in the University park as a student movement, fighting for democracy and freedom in Serbia and the Balkans. After the democratic changes happened in Serbia, Exit moved to the Petrovaradin fortress in 2001. Exit has won the ‘Best Overseas Festival’ award at the UK Festival Awards in 2007, ‘Best Major Festival Award’ in 2013 and was ranked one of the 10 best major festivals at European Festival Awards 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and one of the 10 Best Overseas Festival at UK Festival Awards 2013. Exit has an attendance of 200,000, over 300 acts perform there and 8 stages.

9. PALÉO (NYON, SWITZERLAND)

Paleo is an annual rock festival, it started in a small way in 1976, back then known as the Nyon Folk Festival and originally only had 2 stages. Paleo is mainly run by volunteers and limited fund, however still manages to attract thousands. They also like to expose up and coming artists and genres, and showcase a specific region every year in their “Village du Monde.” 2013, for example, saw food and music from the Indian Ocean region.

8. ULTRA (MIAMI, USA)

Despite the existence of dozens of other electronic music festivals, Ultra is the one that sold out of early bird tickets in four minutes, and advance tickets in twenty for their 2014 session. It was a one-day festival from 1999 to 2006, a two-day festival from 2007 to 2010, and was a three-day festival in 2011 and 2012. In 2012, a record 155,000 people per day attended the festival. In 2013, for the first time in festival history, UMF took place across two consecutive weekends. Over 300 acts perform over 7 stages.

7. SZIGET (BUDAPEST, HUNGARY)

The Sziget festival is the result of a time of political unrest. In the absence of summer youth camps after a change in government in the early ’90s, Hungarian youth needed a new summer outlet, which led to the beginning of the Sziget Festival. Up to 175 acts perform every year, there are 5 main stages but 15 in total. Around 385,000 people attend Sziget.

6. PRZYSTANEK WOODSTOCK (KOSTRZYN NAD ODRA, POLAND)

Przystanek Woodstock sticks to the genre of Rock, despite only having 3 stages 80 acts perform and around 550,000 people attend. The festival has a running theme of “Love, Friendship, and Music.” Entry is free and in fact Przystanek Woodstock is held by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity as a thank you to its volunteers.

5. ROCK IN RIO (RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL)

Rock in Rios very first show, got 1.5 million festival-goers to Rio de Janeiro for the biggest acts of 1985 like Queen, AC/DC, and Iron Maiden. Even more huge headliners have performed such as Beyonce and Bruce Springsteen. The latest one held in Rio had an attendance of 700,000, Editions of the festival are also held in Lisbon and Madrid.

4. COACHELLA (CALIFORNIA, USA)

Coachella actually began as an effort to cater to the alternative and indie music scene, it has had huge names in both the line up and audience. Coachella has secured itself as one of the most well known festivals in the world, thanks to stunts like the hologram of Tupac. Around 190 acts perform over 6 stages and a crowd attendance of 675,000 sells out pretty consistently.

3. SUMMERFEST (WISCONSIN, USA)

Summerfest was named the World’s Largest Festival by the Guinness Book of World Records, the festival lasts for 11 days, is made up of 11 stages with performances from over 800 bands. It attracts between 800,000 – 1 million people each year. The list of headliners over the years has some huge names such as, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston.

2. MAWAZINE (RABAT, MOROCCO)

The line-up is mostly made up of African artists. Otherwise, a small selection of huge international names plays every year: in the past, Rabat has been visited by Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie, and other greats, and in 2013 the festival was headlined by Rihanna. Mawazine keeps beating it’s attendance record having broken the million mark for many years now. The latest attendance was 2.5 million, with 90 acts performing for them across 7 stages.

1. DONAUINSELFEST (VIENNA, AUSTRIA)

Donauinselfest easily takes the crown for the biggest festival in the world on all counts, despite only lasting 3 days. For 30 years now, millions have gathered on a 6.5 kilometer stretch of the Danube Island in Vienna to hear the biggest names in Austrian music. A huge 3.2 million attended in 2013, to see over 2,000 acts across 21 stages.